Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at 11 am. For anyone who made a resolution to walk more, this is a great opportunity to start the new year off with an easy 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve, into the fields on the other side of Mapleton Road, along the D&R Canal and back to the Preserve.

The walk will start at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Dress for the weather. The walk is free and all are welcome.

Photo: Tari Pantaleo

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Postcard

Monday, December 22, 2014

Silver and Gold

"Silver and Gold," sung by Burl Ives, from the beloved Rankin/Bass Productions Christmas television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which first aired 50 years ago.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

December Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for December are the 1st, the 15th and the 29th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Can We Vote "None of the Above"?

(click to enlarge)

First it was attacks traded in mailings from both sides. Unwelcome email and flyers on our mailboxes followed. Then someone stuck this in our front door early Sunday morning.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for November are the 3rd and the 17th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Fall Back

Remember to move your clocks back one hour tonight. Daylight saving time ends at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 2.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 1963

President John F. Kennedy laughs as his children, Caroline Kennedy (left, holding a cat) and John F. Kennedy, Jr., model their Halloween costumes in the Oval Office of the White House in 1963. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House Photographs, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

4th Annual Matt Collura 5K Run/Walk

Matt Collura (center) crossing the finish line at last year's 5K Run/Walk

Next Sunday, October 12, 2014, is the 4th Annual Matt Collura 5K Run/Walk and post-race BBQ. In 2011 friends and family of Matt Collura organized this race to raise Matt's spirits and to help support his recovery after he suffered traumatic brain injury in a snowboarding accident in March of that year. All of the funds raised help to provide extra hours of physical therapy and to purchase equipment that helps Matt work towards his ultimate goal of running again. The race begins at 10:30 am at Thompson Park, 1701 Perrineville Road in Jamesburg. Check in starts at 8:30 am. To register, click here. Visit this website to learn more about Matt and donate to his fundraising campaign.  For more information, contact mattcollura5k at gmail dot com.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for October are the 6th and the 20th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

National Public Lands Day at Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will host its annual National Public Lands Day work session in the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 2 to 4 pm. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites the public to play a part and contribute to the restoration of the Mapleton Preserve, the former home of Princeton Nurseries and a significant historical site in Central New Jersey.

FPNL's focus this year is mulching trees in the Arboretum, clearing autumn olive from the fields and collecting litter. Volunteers are asked to bring their own loppers, pruning shears, saws, rakes and shovels. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats are also recommended.

The entrance to the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. For more information, visit the FPNL website or call 609-683-0483.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Day Festival at Terhune Orchards

This weekend, September 13 and 14, Terhune Orchards will host their Apple Day festival from 10 am to 5 pm. The fall harvest celebration will include wagon and pony rides, pumpkin and apple picking, pumpkin painting, a hay bale maze and a cornstalk maze. Throughout the weekend there will be music performed by the Daisy Jug Band.

Food will be available at Pam's cafe, including an "Everything Apple" buffet of fresh apple pies, apple cider donuts, apple muffins and apple salad, as well as hot dogs, soup, chicken and fresh pork sandwiches from the outdoor pig roast. Adults can visit the winery tasting room to sample the farm's award-winning wines.

Apple Day is held rain or shine. Admission is $5 per person; children under 3 are admitted for free. Admission fee includes cornstalk maze, hay bale maze, pedal tractors, children's tractor play area, barnyard animals, Adventure Barn, wagon rides and pumpkin painting. Additional activities will be available at additional cost. The farm store, winery and Pick-Your-Own are open without admission fee. Free parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Princeton Landing residents would be wise to heed the "Pesticide Treated Area" warning signs posted throughout the community. TruGreen sprayed so much today that I can even smell it in my house. People and pets should keep off the treated areas. Stay safe.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

O Pioneer!

1933  2014

Photo: CBS Photo Archive/Getty

Sunday, August 31, 2014

September Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for September are the 8th and the 22nd. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Tonight's Special Is . . . Forsythia

Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams

1951 – 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Supermoon Over Princeton's Forrestal Campus

Here is tonight's supermoon as it rose in the southeastern sky over the Forrestal Campus. It was bigger and brighter than other full moons.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Happy World Cat Day

It's World Cat Day. You probably knew this already, right?

Meet my father's cat, Kitty. We're almost positive she likes us better than when the photo above was taken.

She spends a good deal of time guarding the deck from squirrels. We appreciate that.

She amuses us by refusing to give up the first bed we bought her when she was small. In fact, she prefers it to her newer, larger bed. Cozy is good . . . .

Monday, August 4, 2014

James S. Brady

1940 – 2014

White House Photo by Pete Souza

Sunday, August 3, 2014

More Knowledge Needed

Saturday, August 2, 2014

August Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for August are the 11th and the 25th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Swiss National Day

Paul and I wish our dear friends in Switzerland a wonderful holiday!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just Peachy Festival at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards is hosting their 2nd annual Just Peachy Festival this weekend, August 2 and 3, from 10 am to 5 pm.  Join the Mount family at the farm to celebrate one of our state's favorite fruits—peaches.

A special event at the festival is a "Summer Harvest" farm-to-fork tasting section featuring local chefs who will use locally sourced ingredients to prepare recipes for visitors to sample. Terhune Orchards is partnering with Zone 7 for this special offering. The tasting area will be open at noon and continue while supplies last. Admission to the special tasting section is $10 per person. Wine tasting will also be available. For more details on participating vendors and their menus, click here.

Kids' activities will include rides through the orchards on tractor-drawn wagons, pony rides and games. Adults can visit the winery tasting room to sample wines, including the award-winning Just Peachy wine, as well as peach sangria. The winery will also house artworks from Creative Collective of Mercer County. There will be live music featuring Barn Cats on Saturday and Past Times on Sunday.

Food will also be available for purchase at Pam's food tent, offering peach treats including peach pie, peach ice cream, peach salsa and peach cider. Barbecued chicken, hot dogs, salads, homemade gazpacho, apple cider donuts and cider slushies will also be for sale. Pam Mount's popular canning and freezing class will be held on Saturday at 10 am. The class is free.

Terhune Orchards is also taking part in the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council's "Perfect Peach Pie" contest during the Just Peachy Festival. The contest is open to amateur bakers. The recipe must be for a peach pie or a peach cobbler. Entries will be judged at the farm on Sunday at 1 pm. Click here for details and recipe submission form.

Admission to the festival is $5; children under 3 are free. Admission fee includes wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors and children's games. (Additional activities will be available at additional cost.) The farm store and the winery and tasting room are open without admission fee. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

B.D. Lenz in Princeton This Saturday

Contemporary jazz guitarist and composer B.D. Lenz will be appearing with his band at two venues in Princeton this Saturday, August 2.

B.D. and his band will perform first on the Green at Palmer Square from 2 to 4 pm as part of its Summer Music Series. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic baskets.

The second show is at Halo Pub from 6 to 9 pm. Halo Pub is located at 9 Hulfish StreetBoth of these events are free and open to the public.

Duplicate Bridge at The Smith House

Liz Hagen reports that twenty players came to the opening duplicate bridge game at The Smith House on July 27. Everyone enjoyed the event and all plan on attending the next session on Sunday, August 10.

Residents and visitors are welcome. The cost is $6 person and partners can be arranged. The game will start promptly at 1:30 pm and will finish around 4:15. Please arrive 15 minutes early so the game can start on time. 

For more information contact David Hagen by email at dfhagen at

Monday, July 28, 2014

Help Wanted at Terhune Orchards

We received word today that Terhune Orchards is hiring full-time or part-time staff to work in their farm store, winery, Pick-Your-Own locations, and at Farmers' Markets. Tasks include preparation of fruits, vegetables, cider, pies and flowers for sale. Use of cash register is necessary—though they are willing to teach you—but you will not spend all day behind a register. Hours are flexible, but some weekend availability is important. They are looking for assistance through fall and holiday season.

If you enjoy wine, Terhune is also hiring part-time weekend staff for their winery tasting room.

If you're interested, contact Tannwen Mount (email: tmount at with your resume and cover letter. Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Welcome Home

This just might increase the dog population in Princeton Landing even more, but here goes.

Rebecca Ehalt posted this video showing what happened when she returned home after being away for two years living and working in Slovenia. Last year she got married in Slovenia and her family went to Bled for the wedding—minus their pet schnauzer Casey. This is how Casey reacted when Rebecca finally returned home to Murrysville, PA.

P.S. The family reports that Casey was taken to the vet and everything is fine.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Butterfly Festival at the Watershed Reserve

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association will hold its annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 9, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Watershed Reserve. Admission is $10 per person or $25 per carload. Purchase tickets in advance here for a discount of $8 per person and $20 per carload. Parking is provided across from the Watershed Association courtesy of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Shuttles will be provided from the parking area to the festival. No pets allowed. Click here for more information.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is located at 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington. Click here for directions.

Artwork: Annalise Hollosy

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Duplicate Bridge at The Smith House

Princeton Landing resident Liz Hagen asked us to help publicize the duplicate bridge group her husband David is starting in the community. David Hagen is an accredited American Contract Bridge League teacher. The group is open to anyone with social bridge experience. For those who haven't played duplicate before, there will be help available.

The game will be played at The Smith House two Sunday afternoons a month at 1:30. The first session will be on July 27. The cost is $6 per person. Light refreshments will be served.

If you'd like to play, please contact David by email at dfhagen at

Monday, July 14, 2014

Le 14 Juillet

Photo by Yann Caradec

Friday, July 4, 2014

Bear Alert!

UPDATE: An email around noon from the property manager says that the police report  "the bears" (more than one) were spotted in the rear of 440 Sayre Drive (see Parcel Map) and may have wandered down to Lake Carnegie since then. Management also states that police would use a bullhorn from their vehicles to advise residents to stay indoors if the bears are close to homes or walking areas. Use caution if you go outside. Management suggests bringing trash cans inside and not leaving trash bags, food or bird seed outdoors. Dog owners should pick up pet waste, which can also attract wildlife. (But of course dog owners should be doing that in any case.)

The Plainsboro Township Police Department issued a text message alert at about 10 am reporting several sightings of "a very large bear" in the Sayre Drive area. Our property manager has also informed residents by email of the sightings. Management's message says the bear was seen in the vicinity of 414 Sayre Drive and that police are investigating. Residents were advised to stay inside their homes and to keep children and pets indoors.

When in the Course of Human Events . . .

New Jersey Signers

Happy Independence Day 2014

This year marks the 200th anniversary of when Frances Scott Key penned "The Star-Spangled Banner," the poem that became our National Anthem.

The Star-Spangled Banner
by Francis Scott Key

O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner; O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave,
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave!

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land,
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just.
And this be our motto— "In God is our trust;"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards is celebrating everything blueberry this weekend, July 5 and 6, at their annual Blueberry Bash. The sweet summer berries are big and blue, and the bushes are easy for all to reach, so visitors can wander through the orchards and "Pick-Your-Own" from 10 am to 5 pm.

In addition to blueberry picking, there will be rides through the orchards and fields on tractor-drawn wagons. The Magnolia Street Swing Band will perform from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, and Swinging Dixie will entertain at the same time on Sunday. For the children there will be pony ridges and games in the barnyard. Entertainment will be available, including a puppet show presented by Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 1:30 pm. 

Bakers can get in the spirit by entering their favorite blueberry recipe in the Blueberry Bash Bake-off. Pam Mount and food editor Susan Yeske will be judging the entries. Contest rules, prizes and entry form are available here.

Pam's Blueberry Bash Buffet is available for blueberry treats—blueberry drinks, blueberry muffins, blueberry pie and blueberry shortcake—as well as homemade favorites such as pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken, salads, gazpacho, cider slush, donuts and more. Bring home a fresh homemade blueberry coffeecake, blueberry cobbler, apple-blueberry crisp and blueberry salsa from the farm store. Adults can try Harvest Blues apple-blueberry wine in the Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery tasting room.

Admission to the Blueberry Bash is $5; children under 3 are free. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Fourth of July Jubilee at Morven

In honor of Independence Day and New Jersey's 350th birthday, Morven Museum & Garden will host its annual July 4th Jubilee from noon to 3 pm. This event celebrating our American heritage is at Morven, the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Live music will be provided by the Riverside Bluegrass Band, and refreshments will be available by Oink and Moo BBQVisitors are invited to sign the Declaration of Independence and meet George Washington as he shares personal letters from the American Revolution. There will be demonstrations of early American domestic life including bread baking and ice cream making. There will also be a dramatic presentation celebrating the women of the American Revolution by Stacy Flora Roth and face painting by Second Look Face Painting.

Admission to the July 4th Jubiliee is free. Guests are invited to use the Princeton Theological Seminary or Monument Hall parking lots. There is also parking on the street, however, there will not be parking at Morven since so many children will be on the grounds. Due to the outdoors activities, this event will be cancelled if there is prolonged rain. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton. Click here for directions.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for July are the 14th and the 28th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Independence Day Fireworks 2014

Photo by Peter Roome

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, the Spirit of Princeton will present its annual Independence Day Fireworks. Viewing is best from the fields next to the Princeton University Stadium, along Western Way.

The fields open at 7 pm for picnicking and the fireworks begin at dusk, around 9 pm. Bring your picnic baskets, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed, nor is smoking because of the artificial turf. Parking will be available in University Parking Lot 21 below the fields off Faculty Road and in the University parking garage on Prospect Avenue.

This event is free, thanks to the Spirit of Princeton, a group of volunteers committed to producing events celebrating community and patriotism in Princeton.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Waiting On Shore

" . . . the dead are not far from us . . . they cling in some
strange way to what is most deep and still within us."

— W.B. Yeats

Waiting On Shore
Sculptor: Niall Bruton
Rosses Point, County Sligo, Ireland

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards

This Sunday, June 22, Terhune Orchards will host its annual Firefly Festival to celebrate the beginning of summer. Terhune Orchards will be open from 4 to 9 pm for an evening of nature, music, wagon rides and firefly hunting. Children can make their own wings, antennae and bug boxes. Schafer Gymnastics will help children through a mini obstacle course. Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band will perform.

Grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, apple cider, donuts, pie, cookies, homemade salads and more will be available at Pam's Firefly Food Tent. There will be pony rides and wagon rides through the orchards all evening. Adults can stop in Terhune Orchards' tasting room to sample their award-winning wines.

Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. There is a $5 charge for the craft activities, but admission to the festival is free.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for June are the 2nd, the 16th and the 30th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

2014 Pool Schedules and Census Form

Because many of our readers are coming to Princeton Landing News looking for the 2014 pool schedules and FVCSA census form, we're posting the information here.

The pool at The Smith House is now open on weekends until Saturday, June 14, when it will open daily. Hours are from 10 am to 8 pm. (Please note that on June 16 and 17 the pool will be open from 3:30 to 8 pm.)
The Commons pool in Parcel 1 will be open daily beginning Monday, June 30, 2014. Hours are Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 8 pm. On weekends and holidays, hours are 1 pm to 7 pm. PL residents may use either of the pools.

The Parcel 1 pool will close for the season on Labor Day, Monday, September 1, but will be open the weekends of September 6–7, 13-14 and 20-21 from 1 pm to 6 pm. Weekday hours for the Smith House pool also end on Labor Day.

Recreation badges for 2014 are required for admission to the pools. Badges can be picked up at The Smith House Monday through Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. A 2014 FVCSA census form must be submitted to the office prior to picking up badges. Click here for a 2014 census form. (To print a copy of the form, click on the printer icon in the upper left corner of the document.)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou

1928 – 2014

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Princeton Area Farmers' Markets 2014

One of the great things about this time of year is the opportunity to shop for fresh locally grown and produced goods at the farmers' markets in our area. Here are some that are taking place around Princeton Landing. (There is also a link to the farmers' markets in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.)

Thursdays 11 am to 4 pm, starting May 15
Hinds Plaza, next to the Princeton Public Library
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers' Market
Fridays 11 am to 2 pm, starting June 6 (except July 4)
Princeton Forrestal Village Plaza (between CAN DO and Tre Piani)
For more info and participating vendors, click here

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm, starting June 7
Village Shopping Center, Route 206, just north of Route 518
Skillman (across from ShopRite and Montgomery Cinemas)
For more info and participating vendors, click here (then click on the "Farmers' Market" link in the upper right).

Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm, starting May 3
Princeton Junction Train Station, southbound Vaughn Drive parking lot, off Alexander Road
Princeton Junction
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Wednesdays–Saturdays 9 am to 6 pm, open all year
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
960 Spruce Street
Lawrence Township
For more info and participating vendors, click here.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Neuropathy Awareness Week

May 12–16, 2014, is National Neuropathy Awareness Week.

Peripheral neuropathy is one of the most common chronic diseases in the US—over 20 million Americans suffer from it.

Peripheral neuropathy or "nerve damage" disrupts the body's ability to communicate with its muscles, skin, joints or internal organs. Peripheral neuropathy can be compared to the body's electrical wiring system breaking down, causing numbness, pain, weakness and poor coordination. For those who struggle with it, neuropathy is a 24/7/365 battle. Increasing awareness and understanding of neuropathy—and its impact—will drive the allocation of more funding for neuropathy research and, ultimately, the discovery of more therapies and cures.

You can learn more about neuropathy and helpful resources by visiting The Neuropathy Association at

Monday, May 5, 2014

John Oliver: Not A List You Want To Be On

If you didn't manage to stay awake past the end of The Bletchley Circle or Mad Men last night, here's a segment from HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He tackles the difficult question of the death penalty.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May Recycling Dates

The recycling dates in Princeton Landing for May are the 4th and the 18th. There is also a link to these dates in the right-hand column under Popular Posts.